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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Language

English

Pages

469

Publication Date

February 10, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller</strong></p><p><strong>A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg </strong></p><p>From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity鈥檚 creation and evolution鈥攁 #1 international bestseller鈥攖hat explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be 鈥渉uman.鈥?lt;/p><p>One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one鈥攈omo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?</p><p>Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, <em>Sapiens</em> integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.</p><p>Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?</p><p>Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.</p>
Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilizati...
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

592

Publication Date

September 19, 2012

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<b>Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is.</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>鈥淎 fancy piece of historical sleuthing . . . intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.鈥濃€?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><b>聽</b><br />In聽<i>Fingerprints of the Gods,聽</i>Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind鈥檚 hidden past. In ancient monuments as far apart as Egypt鈥檚 Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tihuanaco, and Mexico鈥檚 awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon, he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified civilization of remote antiquity, but also startling evidence of its vast sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved scientific knowledge.<br />聽<br />A record-breaking number one bestseller in Britain,聽<i>Fingerprints of the Gods</i>聽contains the makings of an intellectual revolution, a dramatic and irreversible change in the way that we understand our past鈥攁nd so our future.<br />聽<br />And聽<i>Fingerprints of God</i>聽tells us something more. As we recover the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great cycles at irregular intervals of time鈥攁 cataclysm that may be about to recur.<br />聽<br /><b>鈥淩eaders will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Times聽</i>(UK)</b>
The Sekhmet Bed: A Novel of Ancient Egypt (The She-King Book 1)
by Libbie Hawker

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English

Pages

355

Publication Date

September 21, 2011

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<b>Is Ahmose's divine gift a blessing or a curse?</b><br /><br />The second daughter of the Pharaoh, Ahmose has always dreamed of a quiet life as a priestess, serving Egypt's gods, ministering to the people of the Two Lands. But when the Pharaoh dies without an heir, she is given instead as Great Royal Wife to the new king 鈥?a soldier of common birth. For Ahmose is god-chosen, gifted with the ability to read dreams, and it is her connection to the gods which ensures the new Pharaoh his right to rule.<br /><br />Ahmose's elder sister Mutnofret has been raised to expect the privileged station of Great Royal Wife; her rage at being displaced cannot be soothed. As Ahmose fights the currents of Egypt's politics and Mutnofret's vengeful anger, her youth and inexperience carry her beyond her depth and into the realm of sacrilege. <br /><br />To right her wrongs and save Egypt from the gods' wrath, Ahmose must face her most visceral fear: bearing an heir. But the gods of Egypt are exacting, and even her sacrifice may not be enough to restore the Two Lands to safety.<br /><br />The Sekhmet Bed is the first volume of Libbie Hawker's series The She-King, a family saga of the Thutmosides, one of ancient Egypt's most fascinating royal families. Don't miss Book 2: The Crook and Flail<br /><br /><i>Note: This ebook edition contains a preview chapter of Libbie Hawker's new ancient Egyptian series, The Book of Coming Forth by Day.</i>
The Maccabee Rebellion: A Historical Novel (Lions of Judea Book 2...
by Amit Arad

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English

Pages

390

Publication Date

October 06, 2019

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<h3><b>No one believed they could survive, but they refused to forsake their faith</b></h3><p>Judah Maccabee is no longer a youth, but a great warrior and the unchallenged leader of the Jewish People.</p><p>He leads his people to victory after victory on the fields of battle and diplomacy, shocking the leaders of the mighty Seleucid Empire.</p><p>Relentlessly, the armies of the empire are sent to crush the rebellion in Judea. They will do anything to eliminate the Maccabee army and suppress the Jewish faith.</p><p>But although the Maccabees are massively outnumbered, they have no choice but to overcome their foes. They know that their defeat would be the end of the Jewish People.</p><p>This is the incredible story of the Maccabees, who transformed a nation of rustic farmers and priests into a steel hard army which won eternal renown.</p>
Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress
by Christopher Ryan

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English

Pages

298

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling coauthor of <i>Sex at Dawn</i> explores the ways in which 鈥減rogress鈥?has perverted the way we live: how we eat, learn, feel, mate, parent, communicate, work, and die.</b><br /><br />Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending鈥攂almy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: <i>Civilization is humankind鈥檚 greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You鈥檙e lucky to be alive here and now. </i>Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren鈥檛. <i>Civilized to Death</i> counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the 鈥減rogress鈥?defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.<br /> <br />Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious dangers and disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Ryan argues, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? At a time when our ecology, our society, and our own sense of selves feels increasingly imperiled, an accurate understanding of our species鈥?long prelude to civilization is vital to a clear sense of the ultimate value of civilization鈥攁nd its costs. In <i>Civilized to Death</i>, Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.
Becoming Israel: Rethinking the Genesis Stories from the Original...
by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

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English

Pages

219

Publication Date

September 29, 2019

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This book pulls back the layers of translation traditions by looking at the original Hebrew of the Book of Genesis itself. Most people think that because the majority of Bible translators are committed to God that they would never introduce anything of 鈥渢heir own鈥?into the text of translation. But, truth be told, objective translation is impossible because any text is understood through the worldview of the translator. Translation is in some way an act of interpretation of the original Scriptures. By slowly reading this book you will discover for yourself the riches of the Ancient Hebrew stories that were first written to provide a guide for the emerging people of Israel. Whether you are part of today鈥檚 鈥淛ewish people鈥?or what many have come to call a 鈥淛ewish coalition鈥?鈥?the members of the nations of the world that worship Israel鈥檚 God in Christ Jesus along with the people of Israel 鈥?this book is for you, because these great Torah stories are your heritage as well. Without them you, too, just like an Israelite of old, do not know where you came from and where it is that you are going.
The Book of Secret Wisdom: The Prophetic Record of Human Destiny ...
by Zinovia Dushkova

Language

English

Pages

270

Publication Date

October 12, 2015

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<b>LIMITED-TIME OFFER: BUY NOW FOR ONLY 4.99 (WAS 9.99)</b><br /><br />Do you wonder about the future and the destiny of humanity?<br />Do you want to know the true purpose of your existence on Earth and in the Universe?<br />A long-hidden ancient text holds the answers you seek!<br /><br /><b>Zinovia Dushkova</b>, <b>Ph.D.</b>, is one of the few living people who has gained access to the million-year-old manuscript widely known as the <i>Book of Dzyan</i>. Written in the language of the Gods, called <i>Senzar</i>, it is secretly hidden in the heart of the Himalayas, accessible to only a chosen few over the course of human history, including Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Pythagoras, Plato, and Helena Blavatsky. Interpretations of various parts of this secret manuscript, presented in different lights, can be found in all religions and philosophies.<br /><br />Now, for the first time ever, Dr. Dushkova has presented a never-before-seen excerpt from this ancient sacred text in <b><i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i></b>. Beautiful and enlightening, it will reveal not only our past, but also our present and future. To facilitate your understanding of this profound and poetic text, the book contains a comprehensive glossary gleaned from the supreme sources of wisdom.<br /><br />In <b><i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i></b>, you will discover the answers to these questions:<br /><ul><li>What are the ultimate goal and purpose of human existence?</li><li>What is the cause of destructive weather, natural disasters, and global warming?</li><li>What really happened in 1999 and 2012?</li><li>What Great Event occurred invisibly in 2017?</li><li>When did Armageddon and the Last Judgment occur?</li><li>What should you expect in the coming decades?</li><li>Why are people dying, and is there a chance to be immortal?</li><li>Why does it seem that time is speeding up?</li><li>What is the famous Philosopher's Stone?</li><li>and much, <i>much</i> more!</li></ul>The all-embracing and undistorted Truth presented in this book was once accessible only to the privileged initiates of ancient civilizations who spent much of their lives seeking it. But now it is available to you in the pages of <b><i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i></b>, a book that offers unprecedented access to the world's most ancient mysteries.<br /><br />"This book is an immeasurable treasure of knowledge. Its depth and scope are incredible."<br /><b>-- 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards Judge</b><br /><br />"It reads beautifully like a storybook, feels like a fable, and reveals valuable lessons of love for this lifetime."<br /><b>-- Allyson Gracie, Wellness Specialist, Pilates & Yoga Instructor</b><br /><br />"One of the most inspiring, all encompassing, volumes of true truth I have read in all my years of seeking truth."<br /><b>-- April Gieseking</b><br /><br />"It is deep, deeper and vast than you could have ever imagined."<br /><b>-- Aakriti, Goodreads</b><br /><br />If you are a spiritual seeker who enjoys expanding the boundaries of your understanding, this book is for you.<br /><br /><b>Buy <i>The Book of Secret Wisdom</i> now to unveil the world's most ancient mysteries!</b>
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
by Mary Beard

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English

Pages

607

Publication Date

November 09, 2015

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller<br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book<br /><br />Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, the <em>Economist,</em> <em>Foreign Affairs</em>, and <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)<br /><br />Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature<br /><br />Finalist for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Book Prize (History)<br /><br />A <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> Holiday Gift Guide Selection<br /><br />A <em>New York Times Book Review</em> Editors鈥?Choice Selection</strong></p><br /><p><strong>A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (<em>Atlantic</em>).</strong></p><br /><p><strong>聽</strong></p><br /><p>In <em>SPQR</em>, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (<em>Wall Street Journal</em>). Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" (<em>Economist</em>) in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" (<em>Christian Science Monitor</em>) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" (<em>Dallas Morning News</em>) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, <em>SPQR</em> will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.</p>
America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization
by Graham Hancock

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English

Pages

608

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<p><b>The Instant <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller!</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? Graham Hancock, the internationally bestselling author, has made it his life's work to find out--and in <i>America Before</i>, he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion.</b></p><p>We鈥檝e been taught that North and South America were empty of humans until around 13,000 years ago 鈥?amongst the last great landmasses on earth to have been settled by our ancestors. But new discoveries have radically reshaped this long-established picture and we know now that the Americas were first peopled more than 130,000 years ago 鈥?many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere.</p><p>Hancock's research takes us on a series of journeys and encounters with the scientists responsible for the recent extraordinary breakthroughs. In the process, from the Mississippi Valley to the Amazon rainforest, he reveals that ancient "New World" cultures share a legacy of advanced scientific knowledge and sophisticated spiritual beliefs with supposedly unconnected "Old World" cultures. Have archaeologists focused for too long only on the "Old World" in their search for the origins of civilization while failing to consider the revolutionary possibility that those origins might in fact be found in the "New World"?</p><p><i>America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost</i> <i>Civilization</i> is the culmination of everything that millions of readers have loved in Hancock's body of work over the past decades, namely a mind-dilating exploration of the mysteries of the past, amazing archaeological discoveries and profound implications for how we lead our lives today.</p>
Mythos
by Chronicle Books LLC

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context.

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